Player of the Week

J.T. Kessler, Shore

The Shore’s leading scorer from a year ago has picked up where he left off as a junior, opening his senior year with five goals in the Blue Devils’ first to games. Kessler scored a pair of goals in a 6-0 thumping of Middletown South last Tuesday and score three goals in the first 16 minutes of a 3-2 win over division rival Point Beach on Friday.

J.T. Kessler (13) scored five goals in two games during the first week of the season. (Photo by Matt Manley)


Honorable Mention

Matt Maisto, Rumson-Fair Haven – Maisto scored his first career hat trick in a 4-3 win over Red Bank, including the tying and winning goals in the final seven minutes He also scored a goal in a 4-1 win over Monmouth and assisted a goal in a 2-1 win over Manasquan.

Sam Monaco, Point Boro – Monaco posted three goals in two games, scoring  goal in a 3-0 win over North Brunswick and two more in a 3-1 win over Barnegat.

Cameron Geerinck, Toms River South – Geerinck put up a hat trick in an 8-0 win over Brick on Saturday morning.

Robert Biele, Lacey – Back on opening day, Biele recorded a hat trick against Barnegat to help give the Bengals a 5-0 win.

Reilly Barcas, Wall – Barcas scored a goal in each of Wall’s games, close wins over Colts Neck (1-0) and St. Rose (2-0).

Brandon Pirog, Jackson Liberty – Scored an equalizer just before game vs. Donovan Catholic was called due to lightning and later scored two in a 7-0 win over Lakewood.

Aaron Robertson , John Frycz and Tom Judge, CBA – The Colts trio scored two goals apiece in an 8-0 win over Middletown North on Friday.

Jesse Dopelt, Holmdel – The senior outside back set up Holmdel’s first goal of the season with a long throw-in against Toms River South and scored the equalizer against Colts Neck with seven seconds left in regulation, which helped Holmdel salvage a 1-1 draw.

AO Odunlami, Ranney - The Panthers freshman scored a goal in each of Ranney's two wins to open the season, including the winner in a 2-1 victory over Pinelands.